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Gillings student and alumni played crucial role in NBA's COVID-19 “bubble”

January 5, 2021
According to Dr. Christina Mack, the National Basketball Association (NBA) made a call in the name of public health when it suspended the 2019-2020 season in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan to restart its season — and hold playoffs in a controlled environment, or “bubble” — was ambitious. Mack notes that the NBA’s history of relying on scientific expertise and data to drive decisions greatly contributed to the success of this novel approach.

Britton confronts COVID-19 on the front lines of the opioid pandemic

December 11, 2020
As president and chief executive officer of the largest nonprofit addiction treatment provider in the United States, Dr. Thomas Britton was already working to confront the opioid pandemic when COVID-19 began spreading. He says his training at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Public helped him in unexpected ways when he found himself at the convergence of the two greatest public health threats the country faces.

Colville to lead North Carolina Institute of Medicine

December 11, 2020
The NCIOM recently selected Dr. Kathy Colville to serve as its next president and chief executive officer. In this role she will lead the NCIOM’s work in advising state policymakers and executive agencies, developing robust partnerships, publishing state health policy research and convening diverse state stakeholders to identify actionable solutions to our state’s health policy and public health challenges.